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curriculum & instruction
Originally taking a certification course at the University of Central Florida, I learned how to design the curriculum of a face-to-face class in spring of 2009. I was then asked to co-teach an American History course with Professor Nancy Maurer. It was a blended course teaching 84 incoming freshmen American History. From there, my formal teaching experience wouldn't start back up until 2014 where my focus shifted. I teach media and design courses.
Joining the University of Central Florida in the spring of 2002 as a student programmer, I began my foray into distance learning. From there I learned to code from the back end, support the learning management systems in place and learn how to implement accessible code. And although, I no longer work at college that focuses on fully online, there is a small focus on blended courses. My expertise has helped certify countless faculty in designing fully online and blended courses in higher education.
In my ever rampant race to learn as much as I can, I began work in data visualization in the fall of 2015. In particular, I was working with a faculty member's class in their collection of data of our wordpress server. It highlight how data can be interpreted in many ways but how important it is for individuals to see and comprehend what the data tells them. I took the opportunity of updating our blended certification program to analyze the data from three years of delivering the program and presenting it in an appealing way. The data served to inform the redesign and what to prioritize it for its changes.
Close to receiving a minor in Art, my first love has always been the graphic arts. A colleague was willing to take me under her wing and begin the process of creating digital art and graphics. I have designed websites, headers for online courses, and other media as the need arises.
When I joined the Center for Distributed Learning, originally known as Course Development & Web Services, in the spring of 2002, little did I know I would still be working in higher education almost fourteen years later. I have seen many technological advances but I realize not much has changed in the individuals I support. Faculty are looking to improve their instructional delivery and students are still eager to gain the skills that will take them to places they never dreamed of.
My mentor and friend asked me to join her team well over eleven years ago. This set me on the path that has been my career. I began as an assistant instructional designer helping full-time instructional designers in assisting faculty with the design and implementation of blended and online courses. In time, I would gain the practical experience that would help inform my own expertise in the field. I, then, pursued my masters in instructional technology focusing on instructional systems. I finally landed the job I worked so very hard to attain as an instructional designer at the Center for Distributed Learning in January, 2010. Since then, I've used my expertise to help faculty design learning activities to fully-articulated courses empowered with the knowledge that I gained over the years.
After I graduated with my bachelor's in history, I pursued a full-time position, which granted me the opportunity to manage a team but also the systems that help make online learning happen. Because instructional design and instructional technology go so hand in hand, I'm currently an instructional technologist at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.
Coinciding with my work in program development, I've used learning analytics to determine when certain modules of content need editing. It also helps with focusing how students achieve and at what points in the course they are likely to drop off with working in class. This has led in ensuring that I have mechanisms in place to ensure their success.
Oddly enough, my jump in professional development came in the way of teaching other programmers how to use XHTML and CSS for coding in 2004. Over time, I've been asked to continue creating professional development instances for others on a variety of topics. From blogs to wikis, to e-publishing and photoshop, there hasn't been a topic I haven't covered. I believe it's important to equip learners with skills that they can capitalize on in their future careers.
I was invited as a student to serve as a presenter for Educause in June of 2004. I began discussing my experiences as a millennial generational learner and slowly was asked to present more. My presentations have focused on emerging technologies, developing courses with heavy incorporation of media, accessibility, instructional strategies, and innovative learning spaces.
Graduating from high school in 1999, I quickly began teaching myself how to look under the hood, so to speak, to build my own fan sites. When I arrived at University of Central Florida, I applied for the job as Techranger, a funny title for what was a student programming position. This position allowed me to begin my trek learning how to create accessible code and incorporating css to articulate design work. Over the years, I've used that particular programming knowledge to help design and create websites as well as teaching others to do the same.
Adobe Creative Suite
Learning Management Systems